Book From Tape - On Camera Technique, Acting Tips, And Entertainment Industry Insights



In the age of the self-taped audition, actors have the power to make a lasting impact with casting directors and directors through their audition videos filmed at home or in an acting studio. But what is the formula for a great self-taped audition? Actor and Coach Jordan Woods-Robinson (The Walking Dead, Homeland, Blue Man Group) shares on-camera audition techniques, acting tips, industry insights, and interviews with fellow actors and casting directors in order to better understand the on-camera acting scene in Los Angeles, New York City, and the Southeast. More at


  • 9: David Mamet's True and False

    11/03/2019 Duração: 26min

    Julie and Jordan sit down and discuss David Mamet's book, True and False. They talk about what they love, what they were frustrated by, and how to take his theories and apply them to action for actors.

  • 8: How Do I Slate?

    21/02/2019 Duração: 04min

    In a self-taped audition, sometimes you are asked to slate. This should be a very easy process but many actors struggle with it... Should I be me or should I be my character? Should I use an accent? What is the point of the slate? Jordan breaks down his perspective in this short video.

  • 7: Lift Your Anchor

    09/01/2019 Duração: 03min

    Cognitive Science coined a term called “Anchoring” that, in a nutshell, is relying too heavily on a first piece of information and being blind to any new information that comes over. Jordan muses on what actors can learn from the phenomenon of anchoring.

  • 6: Should I Improvise?

    23/05/2018 Duração: 04min

    You receive an audition and have some ideas of how to spice it up with some improvised reaction or lines but… Should you? Here are some opinions and examples of what can hurt you versus help you when improvising in an audition.

  • 5: Be The Director AND Actor

    25/01/2018 Duração: 04min

    When you only have 2 days and 3 pages of the script, how do you determine the “tone” of the project in order to produce an audition that will make a lasting impression?

  • 4: Let Them Help

    02/01/2018 Duração: 04min

    Sometimes it can feel like it is you vs the people behind the table. But they know what you’re going through and they want to help. This podcast was inspired by a random conversation with the director of a major TV show.

  • 3: Oh No, I Booked It.

    30/12/2017 Duração: 04min

    If you’ve ever experienced crippling self-doubt right after the euphoric high of booking a role, this episode is for you.

  • 2: The Best Memorization Tool

    30/12/2017 Duração: 03min

    In this episode, Jordan shares the number one memorization trick that is absolutely crucial to having the scene deeply embedded in your brain for effortless recall.

  • 1: Cast a Different Actor

    30/12/2017 Duração: 07min

    We all have those moments when you pick up a script and the character just does not speak to you. In this episode, Jordan discusses a way in which a celebrity or your favorite actor will help you lock into the script.

  • 0: Introducing Book From Tape

    27/12/2017 Duração: 05min

    An Introduction to the Book From Tape podcast!